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  1. Hi Hi! I'm almost "desperate" to get some info about Turkish divorce cases. I'm from Holland and I'm in a relationship with a Turkish man for 2 years. I do live in Turkey, but not with him. My boyfriend was married for a couple of years and his marriage didn't work out and he filed for divorce. This divorce is going on for 2 years now and we have to keep our relationship a secret. I hate this so much, because I love him and I know it's also very hard for him. My boyfriend has a child with his wife and she very small (3 years old). He told me that the judge changed and this delayed his case. What i understand from him is that it can take 1 more year.. I'm devastated about this, that's why I want to learn more about the Turkish divorce system. Because in Holland it's so different.
  2. French schools in Izmir

    Hi, Does anyone have an idea about the cost of French schools in Izmir? Thanks.
  3. I'm coming to turkey with a tourist visa and I want to extend my visa at least for a month or two! Please explain or help how I should do so! And I'm from Sri Lanka and looking to settle down in turkey as my gf is in turkey and planning to get married in and year! So need to have a long stay as to get lot of things arrange! Please suggest me or tell me what I should do!
  4. Does anybody have any information about buying house in western cities of Turkey (west parts)? How can I gather information about it? I am not a Turkish citizen, however I will come to Turkey maybe Istanbul or Ankara to pursue my graduate studies there. I want to have a long plan in my mind to get the Turkish citizenship? thanks in advance
  5. LTE / 4G in Izmir

    How far outside of the city center do you get a good LTE / 4G signal? Let's collect some data, what speeds you are getting and in what locations do you get LTE? You can also download the opensignal app for iOS and android to help collect data. http://opensignal.com/
  6. Spring is turning to summer; you wake up early in the morning with that look of “wanderlust,” “la vie ailleurs,” or, in plainer terms “I want the get the hell out of dodge.” Whether you are in the corporate rat race in Istanbul or in the bureaucratic greyness of Ankara, you dream of a greener life, where your garden grows and care-free friends sit at cafes after work. Then you read the now-viral article, “35 reasons to move to İzmir.” The 35 reasons (a wink to the city’s number plate number) is heartily adopted by Ertuğrul Özkök, Turkey’s greatest trend-setter for the last three decades, who says he will take İzmir, his hometown, any day. You have read “second career” success stories where high-flying executives find happiness in vineyards. And if you are a single girl, maybe, just maybe, you will meet the ultimate “Ege man” – suave, civilized, and easy-going who’ll sweep you off to the Alaçatı sunset. And surely, you can easily find professional and personal bliss in a city that would welcome accomplished and intelligent you… Think again! Erospolis, with the arrogance of someone who has moved from the capital to İzmir, shares some tips with you before you set off on your Aegean dream. 1.A house, or even a sea-view flat, in the Aegean is no longer cheap – and the real estate prices are likely to go up. So, as far as rentals go, “half the cost of Istanbul” is a dream. “Less than Ankara prices” are laughable. 2.Be careful of what you wish for when you wish for a “slower life.” In this laid-back Aegean city, time wins over money every time. In everyday terms, it means it is you who will run after builders, plumbers and other service providers who do not have the habit of calling back. Getting things done fast is not a virtue here: İzmir municipalities and businesses race to become “slow food” or “slow life” – no pun intended. 3.You, the hierarchical-minded Ankaran or competitive Istanbulite, will not be welcomed with open arms. The İzmirian circles are hard to integrate into – after all, they have known each other for three generations. Ask İzmirians how they know each other, and it is not unlikely that the reply will be “well, our grandfathers were school chums.” 4.You cannot criticize anything that is İzmirian. Once you are here, you are supposed to adore everything, from crooked sidewalks to bad service. The İzmirians are rather like the European Union with candidates: “It is you who is trying to integrate into İzmir, not the other way around.” God help you if you say or hint at anything that indicates that İzmir is not paradise on earth and the only place an intelligent person would live in. 5.If you are not into a sea sport, learn it immediately. It is the best way to integrate. I will talk about this more as summer progresses. An intelligent Ankaran couple I know took sailing lessons together and made more friends than they did at work. 6.Your past experience and accomplishments in another city – be it Paris, Brussels, London or New York will not help you. Dropping international names won’t work either. İzmir has its own celebrity system which does not include politicians, high civil servants or scientists. 7.If you are a woman, accept the fact that all the women you meet will be prettier and better-pampered than you. The myth that all women of İzmir are beautiful is not an urban legend. Those who were born without the pretty genes got their nose jobs and liposuctions as a high-school graduation gift. While you were slaving away in an office, the İzmir girls spent hours at the gym, pilates and yoga; lightened their hair and darkened their eyebrows. Result: They are prettier than you at the age of 30. 8.“I may not be as pretty but I am intelligent and accomplished” does not work. İzmir’s accomplishment system is different than the city you come from. The fact that you have made million-dollar deals and sat with the prime minister is no conversation stopper. Your İzmirian friends will politely nod and go back to their topic of the best boat for sailing. Repeated references to anything work-related will just make you annoying, not interesting. 9.If you have arrived as a single woman on the look-out for coupledom, the chances are slim. Nearly all Ege boys have married in their 20s – to the girl next door at a Çeşme holiday resort or their classmate at university. Although you see large all-male or all-female groups in the sunny verandas, İzmir is essentially a couple’s town. The chances of you meeting a man “between marriages” are slim because “the whole village” tries to get him remarried with someone they know. My husband, who married me, an Ankara girl, was chided by one of his friends: “If we knew you wanted to re-marry, we would have introduced you to someone who is from here.” 10.İzmirian women can compete with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the firm belief that motherhood is the most sacred of all jobs. Although they have outsourced most everything about their kids, their child is their main social activity and their main (often only) topic of conversation. Quickly learn about schools and other child-relevant topics and above all, do not even think about criticizing anything. The second topic for males and females is healthy-living, what to eat, what not to eat, yoga vs pilates. Come to terms with the fact that a little knowledge may be dangerous, but it is even more dangerous to argue with a self-styled expert who believes that Aegean herbs gives them eternal youth. The above list is not one that aims to stop you. On the contrary, if your desire to move to the Aegean is not diminished, do come along. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. May/21/2016 Source: Hurriyet Daily News
  7. Two ferries which had carried passengers in the Aegean city of İzmir since the 1970s will soon be occupied by sea creatures and divers after they are submerged in the city’s Karaburun district in an effort to boost diving tourism. The ferries, named 9 Eylül and Alaybey, were produced at the Alaybey shipyard and put into service in 1976 and completed their economic life in 2012 after cruising between İzmir’s Karşıyaka and Konak ports. The İzmir Metropolitan Municipality put the ferries up for sale but failed to find a buyer. Finally, they were granted to the Karaburun Municipality. Karaburun deputy district governor Osman Oğuz Ekşi said the artificial reef project, where the ferries will be used, had come to an end. He said academics had cleaned the ferries of hazardous materials, adding they would be submerged off the islands of Büyükada and Küçükada at ceremonies on April 29 and 30. Ekşi said an artificial reef project initiated in 2008 had increased the population and species of sea creatures in the region, adding, “With the two ferries, diving tourism will progress in Karaburun, where people come to rest.” Derya Can, who set a world record by diving to 90.2 meters in the southern province of Antalya in 2014, will be the first person to dive into the 9 Eylül ferry. Stating that he was very excited about the project, Can added, “This is a significant factor to draw attention [to the area] since the ferries are big and they will be home to big sea creatures. Divers will want to photograph them.” Meanwhile, some have opposed the ferries being submerged, saying the ferries were among the symbols of the city. Writer Yaşar Aksoy said the ferries could be turned into ferry museums or cafes like the ones in Europe. “It is ironic that the ferries will be gifted to the fish. There are so many materials to give the fish,” he said. April/28/2016 Source: Hurriyet Daily News
  8. My wife, children, and me are considering a move to Izmir or Antalya from New York City. My wife is a Turkish citizen and my citizenship was just recently approved and received my kimlik this past Friday (Woo hoo!). My wife was born and raised in Istanbul and has a strong desire to return to that area, but I am looking for a place a little less crowded, but still has a large International community. I had originally thought Izmir may be that city but after some research I'm finding the community is all but gone. So..... Where would you guys recommend? I am a professional Chef having worked in various Michelin rated restaurants through-out NYC and am considering opening a small restaurant once we arrive. Having checked out Sahibinden everyday for the past year, I'm fairly certain rent's are very comparable for a nice place. I have also found some nice restaurant properties at very good prices in Antalya (Hoping tourism isn't suffering too much causing this). Anyways, I could run on for a quite a long time, but I look forward to hearing what several of you have to say. Hoping to have made a move within the month.
  9. The Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM) office is where you apply for your residence permit. It is next to a Noter (Notary Public) which has signs posted to make it easy to find it. So look for red signs (with white letters) which point you to the "5. Noter." It is open from 7:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Residence Permit Applications are Now Handled Online You must submit an application for your Turkey residence permit online. If it is the first time you are applying, you will have to go in person to the Izmir DGMM office to take the required documents to them. Their online system will generate an appointment date and time for you. If you are renewing your residence permit, you can submit your renewal form online, then mail the accompanying documents to the Izmir DGMM. The website for submitting your residence permit application is here: Residence Permit Application Website Click the English option at the upper right, then click the "Residence" button at the bottom of the page. Foreigner Communication Center Turkey has a free national helpline for foreigners who have questions or issues about residence permits. From any telephone within Turkey, call 157. More Information About Residence Permits in Turkey Here is a collection of articles about the different types of residence permits you can get in Turkey, with instructions on how to get one, and the documentation you will need. Turkey Residence Permits Residence Permit Community Forum If you still have any questions, visit our Turkey Residence Permit forums. Browse the forums first to see if your questions have already been answered. If not, you can open a topic. We have many foreign residents of Turkey who have been through the process already, and who can help you through the process. Residence Permit Support Forum A Guide to the Photos Photo 1: Look for signs to the 5. Noter (5th Notary Public), and follow them. The 5. Noter is next door to the Directorate General for Migration Management office. There is also an erotic shop on the corner you need to find. If you find that, you're almost there. Photo 2: The alley you need to walk down. Note the red sign for the 5. Noter telling you to turn right. Follow that arrow. Photo 3: This is the street you need. The office of the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) is on the left. Photo 4: A closer view of the office of the DGMM. Note that the 5. Noter is next door. If you need anything notarized, it's right there. Photo 5: The office of the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM).
  10. If you are in Izmir and need to get a residence permit, you need to go to the Directorate General for Migration Management office in Konak. The Turkish name for this directorate is the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü. To find the Izmir DGMM's contact information, address, photos, directions, and a map showing its exact position (verified on the spot via GPS), go here: More Information To learn more about how to get your residence permit in Turkey, see our Residence Permits forum for information about the system, and personal testimonies from people who have already gone through the process. If after reading the topics you still have a question, you can open a new topic and we'll try to help.
  11. Izmir Governor's Office (Valilik)

    The office of the Vali, which is a representative of Turkey's main government in the City of Izmir. Located on the south (right) side of the Hükümet Konağı, or Government Office Complex in Konak, near the antique clock tower. İzmir Valiliği
  12. Izmir Property Title (Tapu) Office

    If you are buying property in Izmir, this is where you need to go to check on an existing property title, or apply to have a new one made as part of the property buying process. Open 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM. This office used to be in the Konak government complex (Hükümet Sarayı). It is still near there, on Milli Kütüphane Caddesi a few blocks southeast, next to the State Opera and Balet building (Devlet Opera ve Bale Salonu).
  13. State Hospital, Alsancak, Izmir

    İzmir Kuzey Kamu Hastaneleri Birliği Alsancak Nevvar-Salih İşgören Devlet Hastanesi The state hospital in Alsancak, Izmir. Their toll-free number, which can be called from any telephone in Turkey, is 444 3511. There is also an online appointments system on their website. Turkey has a toll-free central hospital appointments hotline you can access by calling 182. If you have an emergency, call 112. For more information about the Turkish healthcare system, see our articles on health and medicine in Turkey.
  14. Izmir SGK Office

    The provincial social security directorate for Izmir. If you are getting a residence permit in Turkey, and decide to go with Turkey's national health insurance plan rather than getting private insurance, you can enroll for it here.
  15. Post Office (PTT), Konak, Izmir

    At the PTT, besides mailing and receiving letters and packages, you can exchange currency and pay utility bills. PTT's central toll-free contact number is 444 1788. The the national telephone number for anything having to do with the PTT is 444 1788. For more information about sending and receiving mail in Turkey, see our article on the Turkish mail system.
  16. Private Health Clinic, Cankaya, Izmir

    Özel Çankaya Tıp Merkezi A privately-run health clinic in Izmir. Turkey has a toll-free central hospital appointments hotline you can access by calling 182. If you have an emergency, call 112. For more information about the Turkish healthcare system, see our articles on health and medicine in Turkey.
  17. İzmir Şoförler ve Otomobilciler Esnaf Odası This is where you need to go to get an application form to get a driving license in Turkey. To learn what you need to do to get a driving license, please see this article: How to Get a Turkish Driving License Open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
  18. The Izmir Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık Müdürlüğü, also called the Nüfus, is where you need to go to register your address if you live in Izmir. You can also apply to become a Turkish citizen here. Open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There is also a national toll-free customer service number you can call at 199.
  19. Notary Public (Noter) 14, Izmir

    The office of the 14th noter of Izmir. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  20. Notary Public (Noter) 7, Izmir

    The office of the 7th Notary Public of Izmir. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  21. Notary Public (Noter) 5, Izmir

    Located next door to the General Directorate of Migration Management (DGMM) office in Kemeraltı, Konak. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  22. Notary Public (Noter) 3, Izmir

    The office of the 3rd Notary Public of Izmir. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  23. Notary Public (Noter) 2, Izmir

    Go here to get documents officially notarized. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  24. Notary Public (Noter) 5, Izmir

    The office of the first Notary Public, Izmir. Open 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  25. Izmir Water Company

    This is where you need to go in Izmir, to get water hooked up to your home. You can pay your water bills here, at the post office (PTT), or at any of the banks listed on your water bill. If you want your bills paid automatically from your bank account, just take your bill to your Turkish bank and they'll set it up. Open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For water problems, call their customer service number at 185. For more information about setting up utilities in your home in Turkey, including electricity, water, and natural gas, see our article about setting up utilities. If you have any questions, please ask them in our electricity, water, and natural gas forum. Antalya Su ve Atıksu İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü